Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Nature

A subtle chain of countless ringsThe next unto the farthest brings;The eye reads omens where it...

Commodity

Whoever considers the final cause of the world, will discern a multitude of uses that result. The...

Beauty

A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty. The ancient Greeks called ...

Language

Language is a third use which Nature subserves to man. Nature is the vehicle, and threefold degre...

Discipline

In view of the significance of nature, we arrive at once at a new This use of the world includes ...

Idealism

Thus is the unspeakable but intelligible and practicable meaning of the world conveyed to man, th...

Spirit

It is essential to a true theory of nature and of man, that it should contain somewhat progressiv...

Prospects

In inquiries respecting the laws of the world and the frame of things, the highest reason is alwa...

The American Scholar

An Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837 Mr. Presid...

Divinity School Address

Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838 ...

Literary Ethics

An Oration delivered before the Literary Societies of Dartmouth College, July 24, 1838 GENTLEMEN...

The Method of Nature

An Oration delivered before the Society of the Adelphi, in Waterville College, Maine, August 11, ...

Man the Reformer

A Lecture read before the Mechanics' Apprentices' Library Association, Boston, January 25, 1841 ...

Introductory Lecture on the Times

Read at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 2, 1841 The times, as we say — or the present aspec...

The Conservative

A Lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 9, 1841 The two parties which divide...

The Transcendentalist

A Lecture read at the Masonic Temple, Boston,January, 1842 The first thing we have to say respec...

The Young American

A Lecture read before the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, February 7, 1844 GENTLEMEN: I...

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